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WIAA boss in online chat

Online chat: Mike Colbrese (pictured above), the executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, has taken some heat for the recent changes in the state basketball tournament format.

On Monday, Colbrese and readers will get a chance to talk about the recent changes in an online chat at

For Spokane, and all of Eastern Washington, the change in the state tournaments is dramatic. All of the classifications will continue to compete in a 16-team “state tournament,” but just eight of those teams will actually compete on the final three days at the state tournament site.

Class 4A and 3A teams will be in Tacoma, 2A and 1A teams will be in Yakima, and 2B and 1B teams will be in Spokane. The tournaments will be played on the same weekend.

If you have questions about those state tournaments or anything regarding the WIAA, be sure to check in at sportschat at 1 p.m. Monday. You can also submit a question in advance by sending it to

Spokane CC pro Carberry dies

Golf: Long-time Spokane Country Club pro Gene Carberry died on Monday. He was 82.

Carberry came to the Spokane Country Club in 1952 and served as an assistant pro to Roy Moe for 11 years and took over as the head pro in 1963. He served in that capacity until retirement in 1990.

“He was just a great guy,” said current SCC pro Les Blakley, who took over for Carberry in 1991. “He was loved by the membership. For anyone to be at a private club for that long says something about how well he did his job. He treated everyone with respect and just took care of everything.”

Carberry was a lifetime member of the PGA and was a member of the 50-year club.

There will be a celebration of Carberry’s life from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at the country club.

Bouldin pleased with workouts

Basketball: Former Gonzaga University standout Matt Bouldin was one of six players to attend a workout for the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Bouldin, attending his third workout after stops in Minnesota and Washington, said the workout went well, but he still needs to improve.

The NBA draft is June 24.